Traffic Talk: Size matters when it comes to street signs in Oklahoma

Don Gammill: Manual on Uniform Traffic Control has standards for size and location of traffic-related signs along Oklahoma roads.
by Don Gammill Modified: November 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: November 18, 2013
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There really is a deciding factor in the size of the printing on traffic-related signs such as the one mentioned below.

So read on and learn how dimensions are determined.

What is the deal with size of lettering on expressway signs? Lake Hefner Parkway southbound sign for Northwest Highway is unusually large. Broadway Extension southbound sign for Lawton is unusually small. New signs on Interstate 40 west appear to be the usual size. How does the Oklahoma Department of Transportation decide?

— Tim

The Transportation Department is among the agencies that use a specific set of rules, regulations and guidelines on such issues, Tim.

Here is the answer to your question, from Cody Boyd, in the department's media and public relations office:

“ODOT follows highway standards set in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices published by the Federal Highway Administration, most recently in 2009. The MUTCD includes standards for the size and placement of highway signs.

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by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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